Languages in the primary classroom
Two-day workshop: 22 - 23 June 2017
This two-day workshop will bring together researchers, practitioners and
policy-makers to investigate and report on the teaching and learning of
languages in the primary school. Our focus will be on the symbiotic
relationship between research and practice, how research should support
teaching and how teaching should feed into research.
The afternoon of 23 June will be devoted to a practical exchange of ideas and experience,
with participating teachers invited to give 5 minute talks on their classroom experience.
Presentations of research studies will include the following themes:
- the teaching of MFL in the primary classroom
- children’s motivation and attitudes to foreign languages
- multilingual children in the MFL classroom
- links between MFL, EAL, literacy and academic achievement
- the role of the L1 for children with English as an Additional Language
Plenary speakers incluce Professor Constant Leung, King’s College, and Professor Victoria Murphy, University of Oxford.
Details and booking
Stay on Campus in Wivenhoe House, a four star country house hotel. Alternatively, there are hotels nearby,
including The Rose and Crown Hotel, The George Hotel Colchester and North Hill Hotel and Green Room.
Distinguished Speaker Series
Use's of Multilingualism in Language Education: An Unfolding Story
Public lecture: 22 June 2017
Professor Constant Leung, King's College London, will explore how
our understanding of bi-/multi-lingualism has been changing, the concept of 'translanguaging' and associated terms, to identify the pedagogic affordances and
uncertainties engendered by the notion of translanguaging and related ideas from a language teaching perspective.